Room Transformation Tips

Cheap & Chic Living Room Transformation Tips

We all want a living room that is perfect for both watching Netflix in our PJs and entertaining the girls on a night in. Your living room truly needs to function as the heart of your home, being a warm and inviting space for socialising and relaxation. If your living room is more “blah” than beautiful, this article is for you. We’ve compiled some easy ways to completely transform the look and feel of your living room, without breaking the bank.


Know what to invest in

While everyone wants to save money on decorating their living room, there are some key pieces you really shouldn’t skimp on. Forego the bed bugs and lice often found in second-hand furniture and opt for quality furniture pieces instead. The feature piece to invest in is, of course, a classic sofa. Your sofa will be one of the most used furniture pieces in your home, so make sure to purchase one that is built to last. To ensure long-term payoff, buy one that is in a timeless style instead of one that is trendy this season but will be outdated the next. We recommend neutral styles like grey fabric sofas with wooden legs or a leather sofa. Your sofa will likely be the most expensive item you need to purchase for your living room, so try shopping for sofas online to save money.

Tie the room together with a rug

A chic rug is a fantastic way of creating a focal point in your living room. By doing so, you instantly create a space that appears intentional and well thought out. Simply arrange your main furniture pieces around the rug for a sense of balance. Be mindful of the size of your rug to ensure that it actually enhances your room. A rug that is too small will look awkward, while one that is too big will completely throw off your furniture arrangement.

Consider DIY’ing

If you’ve got a spare weekend on your hands, make the most of it by getting started on some DIY decor and furniture projects. You don’t need to be a master carpenter to create personalised DIY pieces for your living room. There are a plethora of tutorials online for coffee tables and side tables, which are fairly easy to put together using some pieces of wood and stylish legs.

Create a gallery wall

Art is a fantastic way of adding a luxurious touch to your living room, but of course, often comes with a luxury price tag. An easy way you can get the look for less is to hit the op shops – pick up vintage frames and posters for an effortlessly trendy look, or put up postcards and your own happy snaps for a personalised art installation.


Change your layout

Sometimes, all your living room needs is a bit of rearranging! More of an entertainer than a TV show binger? Reposition your sofas so that they are facing each other instead of the TV, which is a layout that is conducive to socialising. If you’re more of a couch potato, bring your furniture closer together to create a cozy feel. Declutter a little bit to make your living room feel spacious and open, or simply experiment with different layouts until you are happy.


Get green

Adding some luscious plants are a fool-proof way of breathing life into your living space. Full tropical plants are an effortlessly chic option, while succulents are also extremely trendy right now. Got a black thumb? Artificial plants will provide the same effect without the maintenance!

Add temporary wallpaper to one surface

Temporary wallpaper is a fantastic way of making a statement without committing to a design you might not like in the future. By wallpapering just one wall, you can create a focal point that won’t overwhelm the whole room. Botanical prints are an especially gorgeous way to create a warm and welcoming living room.

If you’ve just got a few hundred dollars to spare for your living room transformation, utilize a mix of the above tips to truly get the most bang for your buck. You can now finally host ladies night at your place without the embarrassment!

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